At Boise Brewing, we’re brewing up more than great beer, we’re building a community. Back in 2012, Collin Rudeen first came up with the idea of opening a brewery when he signed up for a community garden. He wondered why there couldn’t be a fresh pint of his favorite craft beverage for pickup along with his monthly box of vegetables. Just like that, Boise Brewing was born. From the birth of the idea to opening day took about two years to gather together all of the right pieces. Collin hired Lance Chavez as head brewer and together they began working on recipes, scoping out locations, and raising capital.
Boise Brewing raised some of their start-up costs from an online Kickstarter campaign, driven by the concept of Community Supported Beer. However, Kickstarter was only the beginning. Collin saw an opportunity in the idea of community funded projects. After many meetings with lawyers and banks…a LOT of meetings… they came up with the idea of a community-owned brewery. With a modest minimum investment, it allowed your average craft beer drinker to participate alongside your investment banker. Boise Brewing is currently one of only a couple breweries in the country to offer an ownership program of this kind. With the help of over 280 individual owners and businesses; Boise Brewing was able to raise enough money to open its doors to the public on June 13, 2014.
We are beyond blessed and forever thankful to the owners and supporters that helped us get this far. We could never have come anywhere close to where we are today without the support of each and every one of you. You all bring the love that makes each Boise Brewing beer special. That’s the best part about being a community-owned brewery… We literally couldn’t do it without YOU! So give yourself a pat on the back, you earned it!
Since then, Boise Brewing has been raising the bar for craft beer in Boise. From holding their first fresh-hop beer festival (Hoptober Freshtival) less than 5 months after their opening to collaborating with other breweries and local entities for beers and events, Boise Brewing has quickly become a staple in the Boise beer scene. They opened up a second round of investments to expand production in 2017. With this expansion they are currently producing nearly 2,000 barrels/year and still growing to meet demand.